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Saudi women into sports stadiums


Following King Salman’s historic decision last September allowing women to drive (c.f:, the Kingdom announced last October 30  that it will lift the ban on women to enter three sports stadiums as of early 2018. The said stadiums are, King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, King Abdullah Sport City in Jeddah and Prince Mohamad Bin Fahd Stadium in Damman. The Saudi ministry of information said earlier on Monday that the authorities have chosen three stadiums within the Saudi Professional League scheduled for this month where women spectators are allowed to attend alongside men. As of this Friday, January 12, the statement added, the said stadiums will start implementing the above Saudi directive. For its part, the General Sport Authority, the country’s governing body for sports, clarified that the three identified stadiums that will accommodate families will enjoy complete privacy from the entrance until the terraces. A women industrial security team will be there for inspection, in addition to female janitors and special ticket booths for families, female-only cafeteria and restrooms. (Al Hayat, January 9, 2018)

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